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Irish Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin was in California earlier this week as part of the “Promote Ireland” programme around St Patrick’s Day. The minister met with Lucasfilm executives in San Francisco, where he thanked them for filming the two most recent Star Wars films in Ireland.

“I was delighted to visit the Lucasfilm studios and to have the opportunity to personally thank the executives there for working with us on the two most recent Star Wars films”, said Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin. “I wanted to assure them of a very warm welcome, should they ever decide to return to Ireland, and, of course, that every effort will be made to facilitate them.

“I am extremely grateful to Lucasfilm – particularly for their tremendous generosity in agreeing to make several wonderful behind-the-scenes films for Tourism Ireland, around Episodes VII and VIII. Those films have been seen by millions of people around the world – whetting peoples’ appetites to come and visit Kerry, the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland.”

Recently a group of over 25 of the world’s leading entertainment and lifestyle media were hosted by Fáilte Ireland and followed the footsteps of Luke Skywalker to see for themselves how the force was awakened as they visited the Star Wars film locations in Co. Kerry.  The trip was arranged in conjunction with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/ Lucasfilm Ltd™ and Tourism Ireland and timed for the week that Star Wars actor Mark Hamill took part in the St Patrick’s Festival as International Guest of Honour.

Entertainment Tonight’s Ash Crossan and Nerdist columnist Amy Ratcliffe were part of the group who shared some amazing photos of Skellig Michael and The Wild Atlantic Way.

Keep your eyes open for a Fantha Tracks visit in the future.